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Uncle Uncanny’s Musical Festival City – Heber
Founders TJ Arnovic and Rick Gerber started Uncle Uncanny’s Summer Sessions six years ago to bring Utah’s music scene, friends and family together and enjoy music and the outdoors. This year’s version has a new venue: The River’s Edge at Deer Park in Heber. This year’s line up includes Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jerry Joseph, Joseph Israel, Wisebird, Labcoat, Junior Transportation, stonefed, Bryon Friedman and more than 25 other musical acts.
Of special note is DJ Logic’s appearance who will perform on the first two nights of the festival (Aug. 21 and 22). The festival runs for three days, ending Aug. 23. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablists, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into hip-hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader with an immense musical catalog.
Three-day passes are available for adults ($75) and youth ($30). For more information, see here.
Park City Jazz Festival
The Park City Jazz Foundation’s musical festival also will be held Aug. 21-23 with performances in the Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheatre. The festival performance lineup is impressive: Al Jarreau, Poncho Sanchez, Esperanza Spalding, Anna Wilson, Warren Hill, Brian Bromberg, Nicholas Payton, Sean O’Bryan Smith, Frank Catalano, Jamie Glaser, Crescent Super Band, David Halliday, John Flanders, Jazz Jokerz, and Little Big Band.
Tickets are just $35 each. For more information on tickets, performance schedules, and foundation information, see here.
Cache Celtic Festival and Highland Games – American West Heritage Center
There is a clear relevant connection for why this inaugural event will be held in Utah on Aug. 29. Utah ranks third in the nation for Americans of Scottish descent and the Utah Scottish Association will hold a festival of games, dances, and activities rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and Welsh traditions, including Scottish Highland dancing, Irish Step dancing, Highland athletics and ethnic foods.
Nine athletic contests in the men’s and women’s divisions will include the hammer throw, stone put and caber toss. Musical highlights will be Idaho’s Henry’s Fork Pipe Band and Leaping Lulu performing Celtic music, plus a performance on the Celtic harp. Participants also will have the opportunity to see several presentations on ethnic history in the Cache Valley and Bear Lake parts of the state. Food also will be provided by at least two dozen vendors.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the American West Valley Heritage Center in Wellsville on Highway 89.
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